Princess Mako of Japan officially married her former classmate Komuro Kay and left the imperial family. On October 26, the couple registered at the local municipality at about 10 a.m. local time, giving up the usual royal wedding celebrations.
Mako left the residence of the Akasaka imperial family in Tokyo. It was conducted by her parents - Crown Prince and Princess Akisino, as well as her younger sister Princess Kako.
On October 26, she held a press conference with her husband at a hotel in Tokyo. Mako told reporters that she dedicated herself to her responsibilities as a member of the imperial family and expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the people who have helped and supported her for the past 30 years. Komuro Kay also said that he loves Mako and decided to spend his life with her, thanks to the people who supported him, and he sincerely appreciates that.
Mako announced her engagement to Komuro four years ago. But their union has drawn public criticism mainly because of the financial scandal involving Komuro's mother. Also, the vast majority of conservative Japanese considered a man unworthy of a princess. Trying to compensate for the barrage of criticism from officials and the media, Mako refused a one-time payment of one million dollars from the government, to which she was entitled as a royal person.